The nurses at New Bolton Center are all credentialed veterinary technicians that have graduated from an AVMA accredited program and have passed the veterinary technician national exam (VTNE).
The nursing group in the barn rotates among all areas of the hospital to keep their skills fresh. Areas of rotation include: the main clinic barns, the ICU and NICU, and the James M. Moran Jr. Critical Care Center. Nurses work around the clock monitoring patients, including overnights, weekends, and holidays.
Since the nurses rotate in all areas of the clinic, they are experts in caring for patients with a wide variety of conditions. The nurses monitor and treat patients that have had surgery, as well as the patients being treated medically. The nurses place IV catheters, administer IV fluids, pass nasogastric tubes, deliver oxygen therapy, administer medications, as well as other duties prescribed by the staff veterinarians.
The nursing staff is an integral part of teaching our Penn Vet students, hosting the fourth-years on rotations throughout the year. The nurses also train senior veterinary technician students from Harcum College. Teaching is just yet another rewarding part of the job for the New Bolton Center nurses.
Continuing education is also continuous within the nursing department, as the nurses are required to obtain at least 16 hours of approved veterinary continuing education every two years. Nurses pursue continuing education both at New Bolton Center and at other conferences across the country.